Reports say ECB willing to organise India-Pakistan bilateral red-ball series
On Tuesday (September 27), England suggested hosting an India-Pakistan bilateral series in the United Kingdom, which may see the neighbors play a Test series for the first time since 2007. According to a recent Telegraph.co.uk story, Martin Darlow, the deputy chairman of the England & Wales Cricket Board, has discussed the issue with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) during England’s present T20I series in Pakistan.
While England and Pakistan are playing a fun T20I series in Pakistan, the ECB is planning a blockbuster bilateral Test series between archrivals India and Pakistan. The board is said to have given the PCB numerous locations for the matches.
It is worth mentioning that the subcontinent teams play regularly in ICC tournaments, virtually always generating a record-breaking audience. The 2011 World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan drew an astounding 495 million viewers.
And, given that both cricket boards may be ready to accept a neutral location, the suggestion might prove to be a masterstroke for the England Cricket Board, which would experience an unparalleled increase in income owing to the country’s big Asian fan base.
However, the PCB is hesitant to proceed with the notion of playing its opponents in a historic red-ball series since it would negate their ability to host other countries in the country, which has just lately been conceivable. The board accepted the ECB’s suggestion, indicating their developing friendly relationship.
Although the PCB is not overjoyed with the offer at the time, it does present a ray of optimism for the future since an India-Pakistan series will benefit the Men in Green by generating financial help for the board. The article also said that nations like as Australia and England earn more money from playing India than they do from participating in the legendary Ashes series.
This is not the first time the ECB has considered hosting Pakistan. Australia previously visited England in 2010 for a two-match Test series against the Asian heavyweights at Lord’s and Headingley.